Neem Tree Seeds – Purple Blooms – 12 Seeds for the Price of 10
The Neem tree seeds (Azadirachta Indica) also known as Indian Lilac and miracle tree, mainly grows in the arid regions of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, South West Asia and West Africa. A mature tree can grow in excess of 50 feet (15 meters) tall and they are estimated to live up to 200 years old.
This tropical evergreen tree is a member of the mahogany family and has many uses. In fact there is no part of the Neem tree that isn’t used and it is often referred to as the village pharmacy or nature’s drugstore. The leaves, bark, flowers, seeds and fruit are used for treating several diseases and ailments such as diabetes, skin disorders and ulcers.
The oil from the seeds is also used as a natural tonic for plant leaves, soil fertility and a potent insecticide.
Young, tender branches are widely used in India as ‘chewing stick’ to keep the teeth and gums healthy and clean. Meanwhile, the wood is hard, durable and demonstrates a remarkable resistance to termites and other insects. It is used to make oars, carvings and furniture.
Young shoots, leaves and the flowers of the neem tree are eaten as a vegetable and in soups or part of an appetizer.
As we have seen, the neem tree is a very versatile tree and one that we are growing in our food forest, primarily as a nitrogen fixer, insect repellant and drug store.
Planting Neem Tree Seeds
- Plant a single neem seed ¼ to ½ inch deep in a pot in good quality, free draining potting mix.
- Keep at a constant temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21°C) to encourage germination and allow up to 3 weeks.
- Allow the soil to dry between watering
Once the neem seed has germinated and the tree is growing, fertilize it regularly with a complete and balanced organic fertilizer, they are heavy feeders.
If you grow a neem tree in the US, the Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones are 10 through 12.
Neem trees love the heat, so if temperatures fall below 35°f (5°C) you will not have much luck growing a neem tree from seed.
A large, fast growing tree such as neem should be grown in the ground but they can be grown successfully in containers and brought indoors to avoid cold nights and low temperatures. Remember to keep it moving so it gets plenty of sunlight.
Do not over water. The roots are susceptible to rot. Yellow or wilting leaves are a sign of too much water.
With the right conditions, your neem tree seeds will grow variously and you will be able to enjoy the trees fragrant flowers and use the many health-giving benefits of this miracle plant for years to come.
Neem Tree Seeds – Purple Blooms